Mothering Forum banner

1 - 20 of 27 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
12,662 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
My 2 y/o is supposed to go into the lab for blood work as part of his baby well stuff. Did your toddler have to do this? and if they did how did they take it? I was reading in another forum about a 5 y/o who had their first blood test this week, so I'm now confused.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
66 Posts
Our pediatrician wants to do one at the end of the summer (ds will be 2 then). We live in a "high lead" area code, and so she wants to check for lead after he's been out playing around in the dirt all summer. She also wants to check his iron level, I think because we're vegetarians. I'm reluctant to have it done--I don't like having blood drawn and I'm a grown up--I can only imagine how ds would handle it. And if he's not exhibiting signs of lead exposure or low iron, then why put the poor little guy through it? So, I'm interested to hear what other folks have to say about this too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,513 Posts
My dd had a lead test done at 9 mos & maybe again sometime later, but it was just a finger prick in the dr.'s office. She hasn't had any blood drawn for any reason or had to go to a lab for any sort of workup. I would definitely find out what they are checking for and decide if you think it's worth it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
473 Posts
If you decide to get a blood draw ask the phlebotomist (professional blood sucker <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> ) if they have done it before and get your little one extremely hydrated (as in: allow juice or whatever makes him drink a lot). We had one done at 20 months because DS was not gaining weight (head and height fine, just rather slender as in bottom of chart). One held his arm straight, the other took blood. Be prepared for tears! It took them three tries. Two in the morning and then they called, saying they need more so off we go in the afternoon again. Try toys but the way my little one howled no amount of distraction could have worked (I think).<br><br>
Almost forgot: they checked all kinds of things, the only one I remember though is a CBC (I do watch ER and they order it a lot there). CBC is the chemical composition of the blood (or so I believe).
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,530 Posts
CBC is a complete blood count. They count the number of red blood cells and each kind of white cell.<br><br>
They can do the lead test and the iron test with just a finger prick. It seems unnecessarily invasive to do a major blood draw for it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
240 Posts
Where I worked as a medical assistant, we did a finger prick for hemoglobin (iron) levels; but a blood draw was needed for a lead test.<br><br>
Is there any reason to suspect either of those problems? If not, I don't see why the tests would be warranted...but we did the hemoglobin as a routine part of the 9 month well check; and medicaid requires it *in my state at least* for one year olds.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,203 Posts
They used the finger prick to test my son's lead/iron, at 9 and 12 mos.<br>
They did some other blood test when he went in with the flu at 2, but did the finger prick that time, too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,557 Posts
Neither of my children have ever had a blood draw (ages 3 and 15 months) nor has our Dr asked for one. With out very very good reason, I can't see my self allowing one.<br><br>
My best friends son is about to start kindy and the paperworks the school sent home asked for one as well as a physical. Like vaccinations, the blood draw is not required and she opted out of it.<br><br>
I did request a finger prink for both kids a while ago because I suspected some anemia, and I was right. They were both really really low. I changed their diets a bit and retested a few motnhs later with another finger prick and both were in the normal range.<br><br>
Neither kid flinched with the finger prick,a nd it was done by a nurse at the office.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,942 Posts
Our ped did the lead screening at 15 months and it was an arm draw. For us, it was actually not as bad as I thought. They got her on the first try. Dd had a much more dramatic reaction to getting her finger pricked (2 times) due to iron issues.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,431 Posts
they did a blood draw at my dd's 2 year visit because we lived in a really old house with lead paint at the time.<br><br>
They just did a CBC on her at her 5 year visit earlier this week. This time they did a blood draw from the arm instead of a finger prick and it was soooo much easier (lol, that is entirely relative...I still had to hold her down screaming to get it done...but it was much faster than a finger prick). Also with a finger prick at age 2 she wouldn't use her finger for a long time afterward because she felt so traumatized. She told everyone she saw for the following few weeks "doctor hurt my finger" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,594 Posts
I was so mad when mine got the lead and iron test at 9 mo. They said "finger prick" so I figured okay, this won't be so bad, like a diabetic's monitor, a little drop, right? Nope. They sliced her finger and used a little bulb to suck at the blood and fill 4 circles on a card. Took them a good ten minutes of squeezing and fumbling and screaming and everything. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"> If I'd known it would need that much, I would have insisted on a heel prick. Her finger was purple for days. They were really crappy about me holding her against me in the sling instead of letting them pin her down on the table and shove me into a corner of the room, which I gather is their usual method. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,562 Posts
I want to encourage you to have these tests done from my experience. I didn't have any reason to suspect high lead or low iron I feed my daughter a very very good diet no junk food she is breast fed and my house isn't very old, I wasn't told of it having any lead paint but.. we had the tests done she was low in iron and high in lead both very very bad things.<br>
The sources for lead are everywhere I don't know where she got the lead to this day but from what I have read they are in the strangest places (crayons, electrical cords, blinds, candle wics and more)<br><br>
don't get the finger prick test they aren't very accurate and in my opinion they hurt more, my daughter took the blood tests very well I think she cried more b/c she was being held down then the actual needle in the arm.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,211 Posts
DD had blood drawn at....a month old?....a retest of the heel prick they do in the hospital.<br><br>
Now, I will never let them do a blood draw unless I feel in my gut DD is ill. Dr. worried about iron - add an iron rich food a few times a week or daily. Worried about lead - do a natural detox (don't know what thsi would be, but I'm sure there's something out there).<br><br>
There's no reason to do a blood draw on a healthy child.<br><br>
Jenn
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
632 Posts
She has had hers taken a few times now and shes 19M at like one year they did it to test iron and such. My dd was awsome she didn't even cry.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,562 Posts
<div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
<div class="smallfont" style="margin-bottom:2px;">Quote:</div>
<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">
<div>Originally Posted by <strong>rabrog</strong></div>
<div style="font-style:italic;">DD had blood drawn at....a month old?....a retest of the heel prick they do in the hospital.<br><br>
Now, I will never let them do a blood draw unless I feel in my gut DD is ill. Dr. worried about iron - add an iron rich food a few times a week or daily. Worried about lead - do a natural detox (don't know what thsi would be, but I'm sure there's something out there).<br><br>
There's no reason to do a blood draw on a healthy child.<br><br>
Jenn</div>
</td>
</tr></table></div>
I had absolutely no reason to suspect high lead levels, my house isn't that old it was built after the sale of lead paint was banned, but still my daughter has high lead, and detoxes are available but that doesn't prevent the lead from entering the system and you would have to use it constantly, what if it doesn't get all of it out any lead level is not good.<br>
Taking blood out of the body isn't going to have any bad long term effects but lead will and the signs of having high lead will not reaveal until late childhood when it is too late to prevent it.<br><br>
edited to add: detox also makes extra work for the liver and it isn't good to have this in the body at all even if it is getting out quicker, I imagine that the detox doesn't take it all out and it still has to pass through the entire body including the brain, some detoxes will take out vitamins and minerals as well.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,203 Posts
Hmmm, my Dr just asked us to go for lead and CBC. He said it's standard for NJ to have the lead check at one year. I was hemming and hawing about it, but we are also going to have a varicella antibody check done. (DD was exposed at 3 months old, so we're hoping we can "get out" of that vaccine. As it is, we're delaying it until she starts school... but that's a whole 'nother ball of wax!)<br><br>
I'm not really in a hurry, I'm going to think about it a bit more.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,897 Posts
We just got back our lead results, and fortunately, he's at less than half the state acceptable level. We live in an old house.<br><br>
The draw itself was completely atraumatic for him, which shocked the !^%$$ out of me...I was ready for waterworks and lots of hugs and kisses, and maybe some chocolate after....<br><br>
There were 2 techs, one held his arm and the other drew. They had to wiggle around a little to actually nick the vein, but he just sat there and watched. They were floored. They used a butterfly, and he just sat there and watched the 2 vials fill up.<br><br>
I think this all MIGHT be in part because he's watched me get blood drawn at least a dozen times between my pregnancy and chronic thyroid condition...and I always talk to him about what's going on with me, and I watch the blood coming out, too.....so it's almost "normal" to him. But still. I was floored, too - he's only 2.<br><br>
So, I may not be much help for someone who has never been exposed to it.<br><br>
I never told him it wouldn't hurt, I just said it would pinch for a second, and then it might be a little owee after they were done, but it would be fine after it was over.<br><br>
So, don't know if this helps or not, but I know I would feel awful if we didn't do the draw and found out down the road that he had lead poisoning from our house and we could have done something about it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,065 Posts
So what happens if there is a high lead result? What do they do, particularly if you don't know where it came from?
 
1 - 20 of 27 Posts
Top